Samone was just unpleasant to watch. Her performances on both challenges were so angry that you were uncomfortable watching. I thought they'd let her stick around for the drama, but no.
Adam's ringer status is getting worse. In both this and Comeback Kitchen, he made mistakes that someone with his experience in television wouldn't make. He even did a show on Cooking where he did a post mortem on NFNS and had the eliminated contestants on. In the team challenge, there was no way he wasn't going to pick Amy but he was clearly told to pick someone else.
Incidentally, if anyone remembers Adam's season, it was the most interesting examples of producer interference at the time. Adam was in the finale 3 along with Lisa and Aaron. The belief was pretty strong that they wanted Aaron to have a show to pair with the Neelys For the final 3, they went to the Wynn Las Vegas and cooked a buffet for the chefs and employees of the hotel. Adam went back to his smokehouse roots and did a barbeque that everyone went crazy over. I think the judges said he was the runaway winner from both the chefs and and employees. Lisa did a nice presentation where she sang but Aaron bombed huge when he pretended to cry. Aaron was obviously going to be eliminated but since that didn't go with the script, they brought all of them into the finale and were able to eliminate Lisa and Adam. Aaron's series lasted, I believe, two seasons and more than a few people said they couldn't understand him without Closed Captioning.
I'm fascinated to see how they're going to use Adam.